Mar 9, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates late in the fourth quarter after his team made a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Center. The Mavs beat the Pacers 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Player of the Game: Mavericks at Jazz (Poll)

Dallas had this game in hand early in the first half, but the Jazz did fight in the fourth to make it respectable.

The Mavericks only scored 14 fourth-quarter points, but still managed to defeat the Jazz by 12.

RECAP

Everything tonight revolved around Dirk Nowitzki, who needed 18 points to pass Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the NBA All-Time Scoring List. He scored 21 and passed the Big-O early in the fourth quarter.

The Mavericks had six players in double figures while Utah had five.

The Candidates

Nowitzki: Dirk finished with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 from distance. He added six rebounds and three dimes in his historic night.

Monta Ellis: Ellis was a nice complement to Dirk once again, going for 16 points, four boards and five assists.

Devin Harris: Harris played only 17 minutes, but still came up with nine points, two steals and a game-high six dimes.

Vince Carter: Carter provided 13 points and three assists while also going 3-of-7 from downtown in 22 minutes off the bench.

Derrick Favors: Favors led the Jazz with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and seven rebounds.

Enes Kanter: Kanter continues to play at a high level for the lowly Jazz. The big man finished with a double-double, 15 points and 19 boards (9 offensively) and two blocks in 28 minutes off the bench.

Verdict

Kanter had a huge game, but I think Dirk will win by default only because of his historic night. From averaging eight points a game during his rookie campaign to a top-10 scorer in the NBA, that’s something to think about.

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